Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The Article does not in any way violate intellectual property rights of third parties. Wherever permission is required, I have obtained it from the copyright holder.
  • To the best of my knowledge the Article does not defame any person, does not invade the privacy of any person, and does not in any other manner infringe upon the rights of any person.
  • I have read and I accept the Copyright Policy and have prepared the manuscript according to the Author Guidelines of the Journal
  • I retain ownership and/or I am the lawful right-holder of all rights under copyright in the Article, and I reserve all right not expressly granted in this Agreement.
  • In any case of re‐publication of the Article, Synthesis should require permission by the Author(s).
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in (Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

  • Authors have registered for an ORCID ID. Author ORCIDs will be entered in the appropriate field during the submission process

Author Guidelines

The format of the manuscripts should conform to the MLA Handbook, 9th edition. Submissions should be typed in double spacing, including notes and works cited, and be in justified mode. The spelling used is UK.


Content notes should be avoided. If necessary, they should be placed at the end of the article before the works cited list.


  • Double quotation marks are used for brief quotations in the text, as well as for words and phrases that are direct quotation from another text. In all other cases, ie. quotes within quotes, or special meaning of words, single quotations are used. This practice however should be avoided.
    • Quotations longer than forty words should be set off from the rest of the text and be indented. Quotation marks are omitted.
    • Follow accurately the spelling and punctuation of all quotations.

References and works cited

In parenthetical references, add the last name of the author(s) and the page number. Do not use name of cited author if this name appears in the sentence or phrase including or introducing the quotation; simply add the page number in the parenthesis. In case there is more than one source by the same author, include in the parenthesis the first main word of the title of the particular work mentioned as well.

The works cited list should include every work cited in the text and be continuous (not on new page). Please use one long dash [the em dash] followed by a full stop for writers’ name with more than one work. Entries are listed alphabetically according to the first main word of the title:

Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield
—.  Dombey and Son

I’m citing a…


Last Name, First Name. Title. Edition (if more than one), Publisher, Year.

Journal Article:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of the Article.” Title of the Journal, vol. x, no. x, Year, pp. xxx-xxx. URL or DOI (if available).

Online News/Magazine:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of the Article.” Website/Online Source, Publication Date [e.g. 1 Feb. 2022], URL

For all other inquiries in relation to the journal’s citation style, please refer to the extensive citation style guide Purdue University has put together here: 

Notes on style

Font: Georgia

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Main text and Works cited: 10pt
Title: 13pt bold
Subtitles: 11pt bold
Long quotations, abstract and notes: 9pt


Long quotations and abstracts are indented 0,5 cm both right and left.


  • Foreign words are italicised
    • No space between words and ellipsis when some text is omitted in quotations (ie. “We all read with the knowledge…of what we have already read,” unless there is a punctuation mark before or after.
    • Commas and full stops should be included within quotation marks.
    • All possessives (for names) take  ’s (even names with silent –s- at the end: eg.  Dickens’s and Degas’s
    • For university publishing houses the initials UP are used.
    • For second and subsequent editions the form 2nded. is used.

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